• transport centre

    Walk-foot people matter (Part 1)

    One might say that nowadays most Jamaicans take the following propositions as axiomatic truths: Not all motorists are “people of quality” (you know that oft-quoted line from the late Rex Nettleford about a buttu in a Benz is still a buttu). Notwithstanding this first proposition: All people of quality...
  • leadership

    Anatomy of a checkpoint

     A regular day drive along the Spanish Town bypass will eventually lead you to one of the symbols of the latest crime-fighting measures being pursued by the Jamaican Government: checkpoints.   Checkpoints, whether political or military, revolve around increasing security within a specific section of a town, city or...
  • doctor

    The bigger picture in the CRH debacle

    With the recent scandal at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), the nation is up in arms. People are foaming at the mouth, rightly so, wondering why individuals —doctors and patients — were forced to occupy a hospital which was in such a bad condition. People are incredulous and rightfully...
  • Apathy is slowly killing us

    With the killing of the key witness in the Mario Deane murder trial, it is now safe to assume that the trial is as dead as the unfortunate Mr Deane. The JCF rank and file and the high command must be distraught at these tragic events. This man was,...
  • Cannabis in Independent Jamaica; a personal perspective 1962- 2015.

    I was born June 17th 1953, second son to David Coore, (Jamaican) and Rita (nee Innis, Trinidad) in Kingston Jamaica. My father was a barrister and a member of the People’s National Party (whose Leader Hon. Norman Manley was father of my father’s closest childhood friend,  Michael Manley, who would...
  • That Hillel controversy

    The recent controversy at the prestigious Hillel Academy has sent shockwaves through the Jamaican society. ‘What on earth’, people ask, ‘could make them think something like that was okay for homework’? Even if they wanted to know why slavery was in vogue (which fifth-grader doesn’t intrinsically get that free labour...
  • leadership

    A case for direct democracy

    Democracy is a word which stirs up many feelings in everyone. It is a simple word with a complex yet surprisingly simple meaning. The crudest way to describe democracy is people power. That is, the broad mass of the people have the ability to effect a change in their...
  • National or Notional Heroes?

    “Diaspora Jamaicans renew call for Bob as National Hero” was the title of a lead story in the Gleaner of January 29, 2018 – an annually recurring theme with every approach of the February 6 anniversary of Bob Marley’s birth. And for good measure, the Gleaner of February 23,...
  • holding hands

    IF WE ARE TO CONTINUE ACCEPTING AID…….

    Aid is generally not something to be scorned. Most times, in fact, aid and assistance are much appreciated and needed. Be it war, be it famine, be it some earth-shattering event, aid in most cases is generally looked upon as a good thing. Aid, as I say, is not...

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